These stone sculptures are made of stones and rocks by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito. Pretty dope.
These works of art were made for an annual exhibition at the Sand Museum in Tottori Dunes, Japan. The theme is “Great Britain,” which is in honor of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This is a replica of Shotaro Kaneda’s bike from Akira, built by Masashi Teshima, who spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it. It is officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. And Teshima is riding the bike across the country to raise money for children’s autism. After more you can see Teshima and his custom bike in Fukuoka, Kobe, and Osaka.
Jiro Ono is the proprietor of an unassuming, small 10-seat sushi bar in a Tokyo subway station. He’s also the finest sushi chef the world knows of right now*, as the only with 3 michelin stars and recognition as a national treasure by the Japanese government. Magnolia films is teaming up with Foodspotting to give away passes to screenings in NY, LA and SF. Here’s more info on the film and the giveaway.
As one of Japan’s last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword. While in college, Watanabe became inspired by another famous sword craftsman, Akihira Miyairi, who would then go on to become his master. It’s only in the last five years that Watanabe was finally be able to create something similar to the Koto, an instrument of destruction lauded for it’s abilities during the Heian and Kamakura Periods. In this beautiful short film, watch and learn about the dedication and patience that is needed to craft such a rudimentary, yet tough to master tool.
Zauo is a restaurant in Japan in which your table is beside an aquarium filled with fish and boats. You receive a fishing pole and some bait, and are instructed to try to pick and hook your meal. Once you’ve made your tableside catch, a server gives you the option of choosing how you’d like your meal prepared, which is then brought right back to your table. Due to freshness, sushi is always the recommended choice.